About a month ago, I attended an evening of exploring Aruban cuisine. Did you even know there was such a thing? I certainly didn’t, and admit that I was wary everything would have coconut. Island cuisines often contain a lot of coconut, which means I can’t eat anything… but when I expressed my concern to the PR people running the event, they assured me this was not the case and I’d be able to eat everything as served!
Starting the night right with strong drinks – lots of tropical fruit to help us forget that it was a cold and rainy night out! Crispy seafood fritters that were awesome with the drink, cutting the sugar and adding a lot of texture.
The tablescape was absolutely beautiful – romantic but not overly so, just right with the alternating heights in the centerpiece… lovely.
We were also treated to a lovely meal, starting with lobster salad, banana stoba, and a delicious tres lechi dessert (a take on the traditional tres leches). During our meal, we learned about Aruba’s culture: how they have many women in power (progressive!), how Aruba is part of the Netherlands – I had no idea!, and about their rich history. It was incredibly informative… we even got to listen to one of their island treasures play the piano amazingly, passionately, and wonderfully.
At the end of the night, I was thoroughly convinced that I need to visit Aruba ASAP. The weather, gorgeous beaches, lovely food, amazing culture… it’s definitely moved up the list of travel destinations for me! (Yes, I put it on my holiday wishlist!)
Have you been to Aruba? What did you think? Anything amazing I must do/see/eat when I go?
Please note that I attended this event courtesy of the Aruba Board of Tourism, and was under no obligation to post about this event, positively or negatively. I received no monetary compensation to do so. All opinions expressed are my own.
All photos taken with my Samsung Galaxy S III.